If It Sticks

By Bruce Levine

What to submit and where to submit it? Two questions that haunt me daily. Which journals publish pieces most closely like which piece?

Does every writer go through this dilemma or am I the only one?

And if I’m not the only one then why can’t I figure out where to send the things I write like everyone else?

But if I am the only one, then why isn’t there a system for knowing where to submit?

The quandary seems to be taking on more layers and dimensions than the original problem and now I seem to be getting more stuck analyzing than submitting.

Maybe I should write, throw it all into the wind and hope that some of it sticks somewhere.

Okay – now I’m back to the old spaghetti theory – throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks… Or is that the theory about throwing it on the ceiling and if it sticks then it’s done cooking?

Either way, if I throw things all over the place I suspect I’ll end up with a messy apartment and nothing will be accomplished.

Not a propitious beginning to the day.

Maybe I should take a nap and think about it tomorrow.


Bruce Levine, a native Manhattanite, has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theater professional. His literary catalog includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, articles and a screenplay. Nearly 150 are published in over 25 online journals, over 30 print books and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. His seven eBooks are available from Amazon.com.  His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. He lives in New York with his dog, Daisy. Visit him at www.brucelevine.com.

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